Adjustable Paracord Water Bottle Handle

- 2022-04-19-

Materials:

550 paracord
48" black (core)
48" black
48" red
plastic double cord stop (
i.e http://www.joann.com/dritz-double-cord-stops-for-1...
Tools:

knife or scissors
lighter
tape measure
paracord fid or bulky yarn needle or locking forceps
clipboard (optional)

useful for working against if you don't have a table to work on

step 1: Prepare Cords

Cut cords to proper lengths
fuse ends of cords with lighter, makes them easier to work with


step 2: Intial Setup
Fold core in half, lay on flat surface

Bend red cord at mid point, lay midpoint over 2 core strands about 4" from bend in core
Step 3: Tie Over-hand Knot

Tie over-hand knot around core with red strand so knot is behind, taught, but not tight (core needs to slide through knot)
Make sure both ends of red strand are equal
Step 4: Repeat for Black Strand

Repeat steps 2+3 with black strand

make sure knots are against each other

Step 5: Setup Cords for Braid

These are the instructions, modified from the Instructable done by welchjr. Follow these instructions until you get to the link, follow until you get to the point of finishing off, then switch back to these..
Set core cords straight down, red cords out to sides and slightly up, black cords out to sides and slightly down. So they look like the image for step 5 on this page:
How To Tie a 4 Strand paracord braid with a core
I will duplicate the steps here though as my original post had a broken link, or follow steps 6-10 on the above link and skip to step 11 on this page.
Step 6: Start Weave


With the starting point of the two strands with overhead knots, take the top left strand, loop it under the core, then over the bottom right strand and over the core. Will look like the second picture

Step 7: Tighten First Strand of Braid

pull taught so it is against the lower strand, hold in place.


Step 8: Repeat With Right Top Strand


take right top strand, loop it behind the core, over the left bottom strand and back over the core. Tighten.


Step 9: Repeat Till You Get the Desired Length.

Repeat taking first the top left, looping it behind the core, over the bottom right, and back over the core. Then the top right, looping it behind the core, over the bottom left, and back over the core.

Do this until the two side strands only have 3-4" left.

Mine is about 2 inches longer than the length of my fist from the pointer to the pinky.

NOTE: don't tighten up wraps too much, will make it hard to adjust to the bottle size.

NOTE 2: I tighten the previous color pair, not the latest as I go.

Step 10: Follow Steps of Other Instructable

Start following from step 6 - 10, until the black and red strands only have 3-4" left.
NOTE: don't tighten up wraps too much, will make it hard to adjust.
NOTE 2: I tighten the previous color pair, not the latest as I go. (black cords in picture)
Step 11: Finish Off Weave

Turn it over, fold a strand back on the weave and pick a loop in the weave to slide the end of the strand under. Use paracord fod or forceps to pull the strand through.
Note, I sometimes tie an overhand knot with the last color to hold the last weave in place.
Once all strands are pulled through, trim and fuse to the weave.
Step 12: Attach Cord Stopper


Take the ends of the core and push them through a cord stopper
Tie overhand not on each end of the core so it can't be pulled through the cinch button.
Step 13: Attach to Bottle

make core loop on end without cinch button big enough to go over bottle neck
slide handle to tighten loop around bottle neck
loop core with cinch button around bottom of bottle tighten, and you have your handle.